Discover DNA

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What You Do:

Explore how scale models are built and used.

Learn about DNA and its function in the body.

Investigate how information is stored in DNA.

Build a candy model of the DNA structure.

Decode a secret message.

Bacteria Bust (Bacterial Plates)

What You Do:

Talk with students about the different types of bacteria, where they are found, and if bacteria are “good” or “bad”.

Pairs of students sample their environment for bacteria to test a hypothesis.

Bacterial plates are incubated for 24 hours to one week.

Students examine the bacteria gown on their plates to answer their scientific question.

Looking for Life

What You Do:

Distinguish between experiments and observations.

Discuss what makes something living or non-living.

Explore the idea of a biome and a habitat.

Categorize objects found in your own yard as living or non-living.

Picky Plants

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What You Do:

Practice designing experiments and making hypothesis.

Learn about adaptations and biomes.

Gather and interpret data.

Plant and grow a lima bean.

Owl Pellets

What You Do:

Explore food chains and the concepts of predator and prey.

Learn about the digestive system of owls.

Practice forming and testing a hypothesis.

Dissect an owl pellet and identify the bones within.